Moms Need Even More Support to Breastfeed In the Era of COVID-19

dimly lit portrait of a newborn being held by two people

Last month, TIME magazine published an article that portrayed breastfeeding in an unflattering way. Featuring a new mother struggling to produce breast milk, the article described breastfeeding as an activity that sacrifices a mother’s well-being and blamed COVID-19 for making new moms who seek immune protection to their babies feel even more pressure to breastfeed. As a…

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Three Ways to Support Paid Leave for All

Paid leave is potentially under threat today! There is pressure to eliminate paid family and medical leave from the Build Back Better Act.  We believe that anyone demanding that we choose between paid leave and other priorities is presenting us with false choices.  The United States is the only industrialized country in the world that…

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CA Releases First Maternal Mortality Surveillance Report

Maternal mortality is a key indicator of population health. Deaths in pregnancy and postpartum should be rare events, so routine and accurate surveillance of pregnancy-related deaths is an essential public health responsibility. CA-PMSS is a statewide surveillance of deaths among Californians who were pregnant within the prior year. The Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health (MCAH)…

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Pooling Expressed Milk

A recent article in “Motherly” touted a new, unannounced change in breastmilk storage guidelines for the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). (You can find the AAP information under Frequently Asked Questions under, What are the milk storage guidelines? Evidence suggests mothers can mix warm milk and cold.) Those links direct you to a research study…

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Black Breastfeeding Week is A Celebration of Sisterhood

BBFW 2021 Chardá Bell, CLEC, CBE, CPE, FSD Perinatal Health & Wellness Consultant Owner, Melanin Milk SD Doula & Lactation Support www.melaninmilksd.com As a Black mother, doula and lactation birthworker, I look forward to encouraging others to acknowledge groups and/or individuals for the outstanding work to support, promote and protect Black breastfeeding. In 2012, birth…

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Vaccination During Pregnancy

Based on new evidence about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is strengthening its recommendation for COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy. (See updated Interim Clinical Considerations for Use of COVID-19 Vaccines and COVID-19 Vaccines While Pregnant or Breastfeeding.) The increased circulation of the highly contagious Delta variant, low vaccine uptake among pregnant people, and…

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National Breastfeeding Month 2021: Every Step of the Way

“If I could talk to myself eight years agoSeeing what I’ve seen, knowing what I knowI would tell that new motherThere’ll be days aheadWhen breastfeeding doesn’t seem to workI would tell her she can trust herselfCause now I gotta picture of landscape of infant feedingI can see with perfect clarityIt wasn’t impossibleIt was what we…

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San Diego County Board of Supervisors Proclaim August as San Diego County Breastfeeding Month!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 17, 2021 SAN DIEGO—National Breastfeeding Awareness Month (NBM) is observed annually to raise awareness to address barriers to human milk feeding faced by families across the United States and around the world. The theme for this years’ breastfeeding month is “Every Step of the Way” and each week therein is celebrated…

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Breastfeeding-Friendly San Diego: Apoyando la Lactancia Materna en el Cuidado Infantil: Martes, 24 de Agosto @6:30 pm PDT – ¡Gratis!

Participe en un entrenamiento GRATUITO diseñado para proveedores decuidado infantil y aprenda cómo puede apoyar a familias que amamantanMuchas mamás regresan a trabajar ó a la escuela durante los primeros tres meses de vida de su bebé. El apoyodurante esta transición es extremadamente importante y puede determinar el que los bebés reciban leche maternaó no.…

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